In the Bronx, A Community Demands Answers from NYPD About Shooting of Teen

Feb 4, 2012
11:24 am

This story comes out of The Bronx, and we saw it when we were watching NewYork1 (BTW, NY1, we would be more than happy to embed your own video on our blog, but you don't have an embed on your site.)

Nonetheless, it appears that the New York City Police Department will be facing some tough questions about the shooting death of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, who was killed in his home after being chased by police. There are questions about whether the NYPD actually had the authority to enter the Graham's home in the Gun Hill section of the Bronx, but as the report suggest, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly right now is sharing the NYPD's official version.

We don't think this story will be going away. Here is what NY1 reported about the response from Graham's family:

Graham's relatives say they are devastated by his death and are demanding more answers from police.

"The police kill him…for what? Him no have a gun, not a weapon, not nothing. He smoke weed, that's about it," said Graham's brother, Delmar Scott.

"They do deserve the death penalty. They need it. They need it badly. I don't believe in the death penalty myself but he needs it. The way this happened, he needs it, he needs it," said Graham's sister-in-law Sarah George.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Graham's mother said officers went too far.

"Like a regular kid, he's like you know, just like any other kid. You know you have kids who get in trouble, simple other stuff. But he wasn't that bad, he wasn't a bad kid. Not the kind of kid who carries guns around and slings no guns, he's not that type of kid," said Graham's mother, Constance Malcolm.

The shooting officer and his supervising sergeant – both assigned to the 47th Precinct – have been placed on modified duty pending an investigation.